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Redskins Mailbag: Scherff's future on the OL and what RGIII must show | ESPN Redskins Blog

Keim: Good question. Several days ago I would have said tackle, but now I'd lean more towards guard for two reasons. One: Brandon Scherff is a better fit inside and would provide a strong building block. Two: Morgan Moses has improved enough to warrant strong consideration. I think the Redskins like the combination of Scherff and Moses more than they do Spencer Long (at guard) and Scherff.

Robert Griffin III, right side of the line benefit from joint practice with Texans | ESPN Redskins Blog

But one player who was helped by the experience: quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Texans play a much different style of defense than Washington. The Redskins play a lot of single-high safety zones and read the eyes of the quarterbacks. The Texans play a pattern-match zone, which, in essence, is like playing man when a receiver is in their area. So the reads are different and the way a team would attack them is different.

Inside slant: Redskins-Texans brawl a reminder of severe fight punishments | ESPN NFL Blog

The initial penalty for fighting is 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. The minimum fine is $28,940 for a first fighting offense and $57,881 for a second. If this initiative follows previous points of emphasis, it's likely that officials will be more likely to find "flagrant" actions during fights. The NFL rule book defines "flagrant" as "extremely objectionable, conspicuous, unnecessary, avoidable or gratuitous."

Redskins rookie Matt Jones re-tweaks tender knee | CSN Washington

Redskins running back Matt Jones re-tweaked his right knee during Saturday's fight-filled joint practice with the Texans.

Redskins rookie WR Jamison Crowder continues to impress | CSN Washington

If Crowder does play, Gruden said he'll be interested to see how he performs in a live situation—as a slot receiver and punt returner. On offense, Crowder is battling for a spot at a crowded position that already features veterans DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts and well as up-and-coming sophomore Ryan Grant. On special teams, he's looking to edge out Roberts.

Need to know: Has Thompson locked up the 3rd down back job? | CSN Washington

"I'm way more confident about it," he said. "[Running backs] Coach [Randy] Jordan has been helping me for almost two years now. He's told me he's seen my improvement and I can see it also with my leverage and everything. I think that comes with me having more confidence in my body. I was a little bit worried about the shoulder coming into training camp last year but now I'm not worrying about injuries because I can't control that stuff."